50 craftspeople create 18 other weapons
From July 14 to September 17, the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum in Setouchi will showcase swords made by craftsmen based on anime weapons. The centerpiece of this exhibit will be a three-meter-long, 30-kilogram recreation of Evangelion's Spear of Longinus.
"Inspired by the Evangelion world, (craftsmen) will produce Japanese swords with up-to-date designs by using traditional skills," Setouchi Mayor Akinari Takehisa said while announcing the exhibition. "I hope visitors will feel the soul of the Japanese tradition and the real strength of the sword-makers' skills."
"We're grateful that we can have an opportunity for a new mode of expression by teaming up with sword craftsmen, creators who are completely new to us," said Yasuhiro Kamimura, president of GroundWorks, the company handling advertising and promotion for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
The exhibition will also feature the work of 50 craftspeople from across the country, with 18 other swords being produced.